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"I'm praying that God helps me; as a mother you have to be strong!" Mama Esther cheerfully shared with us that she is trusting God to take care of her daughter, Jane. This is her first baby, and she's doing such a good job taking care of her! Jane … Read more
"I'm praying that God helps me; as a mother you have to be strong!" Mama Esther cheerfully shared with us that she is trusting God to take care of her daughter, Jane. This is her first baby, and she's doing such a good job taking care of her! Jane is well fed and cuddly and wears bright pink beaded bracelets. We can tell this is a well-loved little girl! Esther and Jane have been coming to CURE Uganda for a few months for checkups and they were recently admitted to the ward to be evaluated for possible surgery for hydrocephalus. Esther lives in Kampala, and works as a waitress in a restaurant. She and Jane's father are Protestants, along with the rest of her family. Esther and Jane take the long-distance bus from Kampala for checkups to get here at CURE in Mbale - it's about a 5-7 hour ride, depending on traffic! Not an easy thing to do with a squirming baby on your lap, but we know Esther is committed to getting the best care for Jane. Thank you for your faithful support and prayers for them too!
Jane and mama Esther went home this weekend! They were excited to be returning home, and will visit us again in about a month for a checkup. Our pharmacy gave Esther some tylenol and she'll take Jane to get her stitches out at a health clinic closer to their house. We're so glad Jane recovered from surgery so smoothly and are looking forward to seeing her in July!
Jane is doing well! She spent some time snuggling with mama Esther this morning and is resting a bit in the ICU before heading back to the ward later today. We talked with Esther and let her know that so many people are praying for them. We also asked how we can be praying specifically. Esther shared that she would like everyone to pray that Jane would be able to sit up again since she lost that milestone recently when her head got too heavy. She would also love prayer that Jane could be healed, would be healthy, and would grow up and go to school. We're praying these big prayers along with mama Esther!
Jane had her surgery today! Dr. Wegoye, assisted by visiting neurosurgeon Dr. Frank Boakye from Ghana, performed an ETV/CPC procedure. This means he used a very small flexible scope to create a tiny hole in Jane's brain so the fluid can flow, releasing the pressure inside Jane's head. Then he and Dr. Boakye cauterized a small part of her brain so it will stop producing too much fluid. Jane will spend the night in our ICU with mama Esther close by. Thank you for praying for this sweet little one!
Jane has had kind of a sleepy day! Her mom told us that she has been sleeping a lot and is not very interested in playing. Because we had two holidays this week, our surgery schedule is very full, so Jane may have to wait a bit longer before she gets her surgery. The doctors checked on her his morning during their daily rounds and the nurses are keeping an eye on her too. Mama Esther is eager to get back to her job in Kampala, but also knows Jane really needs surgery, so is waiting and doing a great job caring for this little girl. Thank you for praying for them as they wait!
Esther has been concerned that baby Jane's head is getting bigger, so she brought her back to CURE Uganda and they arrived last night. Because our ward is full, and our overflow hostel is also full, they spent the night on a mattress in the ward. Kind of reminds us of there being no room in the inn! But they both were in good spirits this morning and Jane looked especially cosy in her pink pajama pants. Our wonderful CURE nurses were able to transfer them to a bed this morning after another patient was discharged, and they're getting all settled in.
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